Shipping from Central to South America.
This page provides a summary of information about the all shipping companies and agencies that we contacted whilst trying to arrange shipping for our vehicles from Central America (Costa Rica or Panama) to South America (Colombia or Ecuador) in April/May 2006.
The "notes" below are generally the gist of the response we received to a very detailed e-mail asking for a quotation for shipment of three vehicles (with dimensions and weights) between Costa Rica or Panama to Ecuador or failing that anywhere else in South America.
The companies contacted were culled from other web sites, from Google searches and from the shipping notes at XS Memories RV Park near Panama City.
Company: Barlovento Agencia Maritima,
"Please note we have ro-ro vessels subject to confirmation, arriving first week of June, August, October and December, 2006. There is no vessel in May. The schedule is Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador. Normally, port Caldera in Costa Rica is congested. If when vessel is arriving, port is congested, vessel schedule may be changed from Corinto, Nicaragua to Colombia and then Ecuador and Costa Rica. In such case, regret but can not guarantee now service from Costa Rica to Ecuador."
The rate is US$60.00/M3 plus BAF US$70.00/vehicle. You should hire a Customs Broker to arrange Customs documentation, export policy, etc., which cost is around US$120.00. Also, we need to receive confirmation from our Principals that HEIGHT of your vehicle is no problems to accommodate into vessels decks.
Company: Barwil Agencies, S.A.
This is the company we used. Highly recommended. See here for more details.
Company: Fletes Consolidados, S.A.
"From Panama we don't get this this service Roll On Roll Of to Ecuador You should check it from Costa Rica with shipping Line NYK."
Company: CP Ships.
Company: Car Carrier Service. CSAV
"Regarding your request, I would like to inform to you that it will not be possible to transport these type of units since the height of your RV´s are taller that the max height that the ship permits. We have a height limitation of 3,00 - 3,10 mts tall, so as you can see we can not transport your units."
Panamericana (Panama), S.A.
"Unfortunately the only possibility right now to ship overdimensioned cargo to Ecuador is by flatrack. This option is very expensive (our last quote received from CSAV was around USD 8.000.00), because this kind of equipment is not available in Panama and has to brought from other ports.
The only more or less economic steamshipline (SSL) going to Ecuador is CCNI, who does not accept anymore tourist vehicles on flatracks due to past claims from other tourists. There is a RoRo possibility to Venezuela, but they have a long transit time (approx. 3 weeks). We suggested recently to try RoRo ex Pto. Caldera, Costa Rica with SSL NYK to Ecuador, because options ex Panama are outrageously expensive."
Company: IL Logistics
"Unfortunately last week our service from Caldera to South America finished. So I can not give you this service. I hope you can find another option."
Company: Inter Ocean Lines.
Company: Kabat, Sertrans, S.A.
Company: NYK Line (North America)
Company: Sea Board Marine Panama.
Below quote per vehicle:
Rates include loading/stuffing in Cristobal port and include off-loading in Cartagena port. Rates DO NOT include terminal handling charges in port of Cartagena, this is invoiced directly to customer by port of Cartagena authorities. Rates do not include local Cristobal port security fees (aprox. usd$10.00 per vehicle). Rates applied are usd$50.00 per cbm (cubic meter).
Freight charges apply on a prepaid basis (payed in Panama), if customer requests collect charges (payed in Colombia) then rates are subject to the following tax: 0.7% /basic ocean freight charge minimum usd$35.00 per B/L. Calculations of ocean freight charges based on weight and measurements provide by customer, vehicles are subject to measurement revision at port of Cristobal.
Company: Sertrans. S.A.
"Noris Ferrín Customer Services SERTRANS, S.A. Phone: (507)317-6465/67/68/69 Fax: (507) 317-6470 Email: email@example.com www.sertrans.com.pa"
Company: Associated Steamship Agents,
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